***Caution: Contains Spoilers***
Oooookay, and now I’m back to the crying while listening. Not big gulping sobs, not even tears streaming down my face, but I definitely was teary eyed and a little choked up for, oh, like 10% of the book. Hedwig dying didn’t get me so much this time, because it all happens so fast Harry barely has time to reflect on it, but Fred! Tonks! Lupin! Harry himself (sort of, almost). And most gut-wrenching of all, Dobby.
Yes, I suppose people are right when they said that Rowling could have used an editor, that the book went on a bit long, but, honestly, I’m glad it did. I felt the same way when I was listening to the audio that I did when I read this book for the first time: I wanted to experience the denouement of the book, of the whole series, but I also didn’t want either of those things to end. How could there be no more Potter books coming from Rowling’s pen? How can I already be through all of the books with Dale’s narration? Now the only thing I have to look forward to from this franchise are the two movies that will make up the last book. Sad, sad, sad.